The protests that have erupted in Iran since the tragic death of Mahsha Amini, the 22-year-old woman who was arrested by the country’s notorious “morality police” for indecent dress and died three days later, continue unabated.
At least three people have been killed so far in the protest rallies for the unfortunate girl, who a large majority of citizens believe was tortured to death by the Basij militia, which is responsible for enforcing the strict Islamic dress code. Activists claim that Amini was hit on the head while in custody, which Iran strongly denies, but has so far failed to calm the wave of anger sweeping the country.
According to Daily Mail, the protests, led by women, are the most serious to have taken place in Iran in many years. Videos posted on social media show protesters rushing towards police who are trying to break up the protest rally.
Another clip shows protesters tearing up effigies of Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and his predecessor, the men who took control of the country after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. In other videos, women burn headscarves like the one is believed to have led to the arrest of the 22-year-old woman and her alleged beating by the morality police.
The demonstrations started from Kurdistan province in Northern Iran, where Amini came from, but they soon spread to many cities, including Tehran, Mashhad, Hamadan and Tabriz. In Arak, female students shouted the slogan “I will kill those who killed my sister”. In accordance with Human Rights Watchthe videos circulating on social media and the testimonies of the participants in the demonstrations indicate that the authorities are using tear gas and lethal force to suppress the demonstrators.
The anger over Amini’s death is not only found in the streets, but also on social media, where many Iranian women – and not only – post videos that show them speechless cutting their hair, in protest of the oppressive conditions in the country. country.
The large turnout in the protests appears to reflect the widespread resentment of many citizens against Iran’s government and the country’s president. “Last year, the criminal Raisi put his hands deep in the pockets of Iranians. That which steals from them, invests them in the brutal forces of oppression,” Baijn, a farmer from Khoramabad who participated in the protests, told the Daily Mail.
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